Thursday, April 08, 2004

And Another Two Faced Liar

Scalia, who was appointed to the bench by President Reagan in 1986, told students that the Constitution's true meaning must always be protected.

"The Constitution of the United States is extraordinary and amazing. People just don't revere it like they used to," Scalia told a full auditorium of high school students, officials, religious leaders.

He said he spends most of his time thinking about the Constitution, calling it "a brilliant piece of work."
This just after:
During the speech, a woman identifying herself as a deputy federal marshal demanded that a reporter for The Associated Press erase a tape recording of the justice's comments. She said the justice had asked that his appearance not be recorded.

The reporter initially resisted, but later showed the deputy how to erase the digital recording after the officer took the device from her hands. The exchange occurred in the front row of the auditorium while Scalia delivered his speech about the Constitution.
Just to note, Nino or his staff forgot to tell people that they couldn't record the event. The Justice is a troglodyte.
Hey, Nino — the Constitution belongs to all of us!

About Our Sons

I don't think my dad bought that I would be fighting against the Vietnamese. I don't know if he saw the collapse of the Soviet Union, but he was in NATO at that time (OTAN for all of our French readers — your new-found love of French authors should increase our bilingual readership).

Vietnam wasn't one man's war. But the names are dangerously few. McNamara. Kissinger. Johnson. Nixon. Others that I don't even know. People escalated and maintained a losing battle after they had entered it because throwing good money and good lives after bad was better than admitting a mistake or trying to fix it.

Nixon was a peace candidate. But he ramped up the war, first. I'm deeply worried that Kerry will ramp up Iraq before bringing it down. People were convinced, though, that Vietnam was Johnson's war and that Nixon would bring it to a close in short order. As you recall, that war was started on bad intelligence for wrong-headed reasons, too. Different political party, though. Does that make it OK for you to criticize?

My grandfather was a Marine. My other grandfather was in the Army. My father was in the Air Force. My sister was in the Army. My brother is still in the Navy. For three years, I lived among the highest concentration of Marines in the world. During the summer, I worked summer jobs with them. During the school year, I dated their daughters. During wrestling season, I competed against and was coached by them. I know damn well what a Marine looks like and what it means to be a Marine. It's our job over here to make sure that they don't make their sacrifice for the sake of a few men's pride.
Let's return to the rule of law. Until then, every day is September 11th.


When I have something to say, I think that I've done a pretty damn good job showing that I can see more than just my side. I have given nothing but kudos to President Bush in regard to his early handling of the growing crisis in Sudan. When was the last time you said something that hadn't recently made its way around the AM band?

Sorry if that comes off harsh; that is something I've been previously noted for.

I'm not a big fan of Che Guevara. Never read any of his stuff. The only thing I know about him is that we had a hand in his toture, death, and mutilation. Thanks for reminding me.

As for the Guantanamo Bay detainees, I'm as happy as anyone that the children have finally been released (correction: one of them became an adult behind our barbed wire), but I think we could do a little better. Say, using the military tribunals afforded in our Military Uniform Code of Justice, in which small groups of officers determine whether someone should be held or not. Instead, we pretend that their rights don't matter.

I absolutely love Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore. Well, except that Noam's all wrong on linguistic development and Michael's all wrong about how great unions are. But I can enjoy them and appreciate them even while knowing that they have their wrong points. I wasn't able to do so for the departed Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who facilitated the genocide of the East Timorese, but I wouldn't have known about that without Chomsky. See, Liberals feed on their own, too. And despite liking Moore, there was no way in hell I was going to vote for Clark. Well, unless he'd won the primary.

Do I love the United States? Sure. Do I have a problem with its administration? Hell, yes. But I have for the last decade.

Why is that you only have something critical to say of Blue administrations? Why is it that Gwib and Co. can do no wrong in your eyes? Were you lobotomized immediately after the move up to the North Woods? This is not the voice of the critical thinker I've come to know.

I'm as anti-Islamist as I am anti-Christian. I find any religious person a bit suspect, but usually my respect for individuals wins out over this prejudice of mine.

Much, I'd say, like my prejudice against Republicans. Or any other organized political party member. Like George Washington and David Letterman, I am not a Republican or a Democrat, I am an American and I reserve the right to demand a better government. That's what we're founded on.
Why is your argument against me based on a review of a book by an author who argued for totalitarianism's strengths?

That was a tad harsh

But I forget that I'm dealing with a member of one of the newest Fundamentalis religions on the planet.

Recently, a reviewer for the Asia Times dissected this curious religion:
Indeed, anti-Americanism has ascended from its former status as the preoccupation of a relative handful of Jurassic Marxists, professional victims, Third World whiners, and Islamo-fascist troglodytes to the level of a major new global religion. Like any religion, it has its saints (which include the likes of Che Guevara and Ho Chi Minh), its martyrs (the Rosenbergs, the Guantanamo Bay detainees and Saddam Hussein's sons), its high priests (Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and Abu Bakar Ba'asyir), and its desperately over-eager wanna-bes (eg, Asia Times Online's very own Pepe Escobar, whose viewpoint on any issue can be predicted with absolute accuracy by simply asking "what interpretation of this situation will put the United States in the worst light?").

Curiously, however, while the religion has a hell (America), and a devil (George W Bush), it lacks both a heaven (the collectivist pipe dream having been found wanting) and a god (since the anti-Americans consider themselves as having evolved beyond the need for a deity - save their Islamist faction, which wants to impose its religion forcibly on everyone else). Still, the anti-American cult provides its legions of drooling adherents with the crucial element of any faith: the illusion of meaning in an otherwise meaningless existence. That priceless psychological salve, in this case, is the comforting delusion that, no matter how hypocritical, backward, bigoted, ignorant, corrupt or cowardly the cult's followers might otherwise be, at least they are better than those awful Americans.

When there were posts about the uprising in Fallujah and the subsequent theory of a practical response, I had assumed we were past the whole "Bush Lied People Died, please rise for Communion" part of the mass.

In reality, we had just discovered that poor young duped Marines were now the victims of choice, and that it was okay to pity them for a few days until they started kicking ass and taking names. Then they shall be considered agressive killbots once again. This is a fickle religion - and it's saints and sinners are in a constant state of change.

The American arm of this religion proclaims to be pro-American, but it shares the one constant of the World Church of Anti-Americanism - George W. Bush as the Great Satan. The rest of the world sees that everything that is wrong with America is summed up in GWB. There is no action that GWB can take that will keep members of the Fundamentalist religion happy. Go after Al-Qaeda in the summer of '01? Racist and flawed - no real threat is present. Go after Iraq in 1998? Wise and prudent, under the steady hand of the Arkansas Rhodes Scholar - even without U.N. authorization. Go after Iraq in '03? Poorly planned and even more poorly executed - without the imprimatur of the U.N. nothing is sacred.

So, kneel before your new religion. It eats its way through high priests - Dean was yesterday's Kerry is todays, HRC will be tomorrow's. Yet it offers no salient options - only the suggestion that action is wrong, and inaction is even worse.
At least you get hugs in the Special Olympics

It's as if you weren't in New York City on September 11th.

Call it a bloody shirt. I no longer give a damn. The issue is whether our sons are soldiers in the war against Radical Islam or our classmates are. I think my son will still be fighting it because the American Left is simply convinced this is Bush's war and shouldn't be prosecuted once he's out of office.
I simply don't have the time to point out every single Chomsky-ish error to your post below. You do Robert Fisk proud. Maybe if you're real lucky the Marines will have a staggeringly high body count this weekend.
I remember the Pentagon burning.


From the BBC
The attacks came... as an officer of government on duty that day I will never forget the sorrow and anger I felt... or the leadership of the president that day. he led the rest of his cronies aboard Air Force One for a delightful tour of the heartland...

Our intelligence gathering and analysis have improved but they must be stronger still.
For instance, we've stopped believing every single thing Wolfowitz says. Really. Trust me.

We are eager to do whatever it is to protect the American people.
Well, except for telling them the truth. Or fighting the underlying causes. Or repeal tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy. Or...

We are at war and our security as a nation depends on winning that war.
We are, more specifically, at war with the Truth, at war with American liberties, and at war with anyone who disparages our motivations.

After the 11 September attacks, our nation faced hard choices.
Fortunately, no one sought to impeach the President for gross negligence. Yet.

We could fight a narrow war against al-Qaeda and the Taleban or we could fight a broad war against a global menace.
And I promise you: just as soon as we're done in Iraq, we'll come back to al-Qaeda, the Taleban, and the global threats.

We could seek a narrow victory or we could work for a lasting peace and a better world.
Well, better for me and other neo-con military industrial Hawks.

President Bush chose the bolder course.
And ignored the needs of the world, including the United States.

How Kissingerian.

Make it a Light

Is it just me, or does the newest solution to personal transportation

look an awful lot like an idea from 20 years ago?

Relive the days of yesteryear when "hacker" wasn't a deragotory term.

Onward Christian Soldiers

If you're at war with Islam, then by all means, take your church and have at it. Do not carry my flag, though.

Sure, Radical Islam is at war with you. In order to invade a secular Arab nation, the United States placed troops in the Muslim Holy Land. For this, they are at war with me, too. The Saudis on those flights hated our American pornography and sense of entitlement, largely entitlement to cheap goods produced by foreign child and slave labor.

But there wasn't one Iraqi on the 9/11 flights, and it doesn't matter how much you or the Administration wishes it were so. The Administration can continue to lie, but that certainly won't make their WMDs appear. Until they tackle the underlying causes of Radical Islam, which, by the way, is partially incited by our support of repressive regimes worldwide so we can keep those cheap imports coming, then we will have to kill every last one of them. All so we can sit in our air conditioned SUVs.

Yugoslavia is still an ongoing issue and I haven't heard a single liberal point to it as a shining moment. Kerry is not talking about pulling troops out of Iraq. And as I posted yesterday, Bush is taking action against ethnic cleansing in Africa where Clinton was shamefully silent. I don't know where you get your ideas, but I would suggest turning off talk radio at least an hour a day and walking outside. The tinfoil hat can come off, too.
Rules of War apply during wartime.

Rules of Law apply when we are pursuing police objectives.

Radical Islam is at war with you.
If we're at war (which I thought that the "Mission Accomplished" thing meant that we were done with, but what do I know?), then we should find some sort of rules in order to prosecute the war without sinking to the level of animals ourselves. Say, how about the Geneva Convention?

I do believe that Radical Republicans want their women barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen, and silent. I also believe that about Radical Islam. I'm equally distasteful of any extremism. I wish extremist would just go away.
Run away! Run away! Flee!

Strangelove Addiction

OK, I agree that it's kind of stupid for the motors to have to comply with EPA regs, unless they're talking about stuff that comes out even when the missile is not in use (seepage) or must be replaced (such as it is now). Although the engines still work within specifications, something makes me think that the stuff in the engines is extremely toxic and not well contained, but hey, how would we know?

People are suing the govt for exposure to stuff on secret bases (*cough* Area 51 *cough*), and the government feels that it can keep the lid on such lawsuits under the guise of national security. But I have to wonder: if one of us isn't secure (especially from our government), are any of us?
Why doesn't anyone get it when I say that several cities in Iraq are meccas for Shi'ites? See, I think that's the height of humor, but then again, I also think switching the 'n' and 'm' in 'animal' is hilarious.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Gov't Logic

When I did Enviro Law in DeeCee, there was always a question about allowable release levels of particular gasses and particulates:
The upgrading of the older Minuteman III missiles has been under way for several years. The air force is in the process of replacing the decades old solid fuel rockets of its 500 Minuteman III missiles. Actually, a test of a 33 year old Minuteman I rocket motor showed that the motor (actually, a long tube full of slow burning explosives) still performed according to specification. The last of the Minuteman III missiles will receive their new motors by 2008. It costs about $5.2 million to replace the rockets on each missile. The new rocket motors, which have to comply with EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) rules, will have a shorter range than the original motors (which was classified, but thought to be nearly 10,000 kilometers, based on where the missiles were stationed and where likely Russian targets were.) [More . . . ]

Would the Pentagon have to apply for a permit for the release of expended fuel or for the megatons of vaporised city which is now floating around the atmosphere? Probably both. Could they complete the application and review process in 45 minutes?
(singing) "I didn't say Mecca! I didn't say Mecca!"

For the last time

I am at war with Radical Islam.

Radical Islam is at war with me.

The Left is at war with the Bush Administration and thinks we are involved in some half-assed police action in Iraq that they want to be like Yugoslavia because that was resolved in short order by the CLinton Administration which never made any mistakes, nosiree, Bob - they were a bunch of fuckin' saints and if you don't believe that then you are some kind of troglodyte Republican who wants women barefoot and pregnant and black women serving you drinks while being called "Brown Sugar."

Radical Islam is at war with the American Left.

Rules of War apply during wartime.

Rules of Law apply when we are pursuing police objectives.

Radical Islam is at war with you.
Now for something completely different.

Macchio, Macchio Man

It's hard to argue this particular point because Japan owned the Pacific. But supposed we invaded Switzerland because we suspected Germans were hiding there. Suppose we occupied and subjugated them, simply because of ethnic similarities. I could see Donald Rumsfeld saying that their neutrality during the war automatically made them suspect. I could see the entire administration delighting at the capture of the Von Trapp family, well-known Germans that they were. Or how about the Frank family, hiding in a hole like they were?

Sweet Zombie Jesus, Brian, when we cast aside law and logic, then we are no better than animals.

Anakin hated himself for slaughtering the Tuskens. He knew he was wrong. "Violence begets violence" is simplistic, but the controlled and evenly applied use of force is what's called for. Discretion is the better part of valor. The position of our military that we would conduct a controlled effort to prosecute those who did wrong is the correct approach, the high road. On the other hand, it sounds like that approach is getting out of control, and the fact that we're forced to attack mosques will earn us no friends, regardless of the fact that we were attacked. And losing a dozen more Marines doesn't help, either.

You could argue that when the cops caught Dalmer or Bundy, they should have just killed them on the spot. Or that cops should have a great deal more leeway in the use of deadly force. After all, we are at war with crime and drugs. Since you're saying that the ends justify the means and that there are no rules to war, hell, let's just kill them all and let Bush's god sort them out?

What the hell is the matter with us that we could consider that?
Yeah, you know, I've heard that on TV for years, come to think of it. Nevermind.

Where Credit Is Due

OK, everyone, want to hear me applaud President Bush? Here it is:
New fighting in the Darfur region of Sudan has opened a new chapter of tragedy in Sudan's troubled history. The Sudanese Government must immediately stop local militias from committing atrocities against the local population and must provide unrestricted access to humanitarian aid agencies. I condemn these atrocities, which are displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians, and I have expressed my views directly to President Bashir of Sudan.[More]

On the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan massacre, we can't forget the cost of the United States — not to mention the entire world — sitting by idly in the face of genocide. President Bush has already taken more action than President Clinton did. I plan on writing him to let him know that although I disagree with him on so many other topics, this time he was absolutely right. I also plan to ask him to keep the pressure on the Sudanese government until the genocide stops.
If he kept up this pressure, he could redeem himself completely in my eyes. Not that doing so is (or even should be) part of his agenda.

Brown Sugar my Ass

Condi in the News

I just love Liberal Racists - At least I'm aware of my own failings.


Suse vivo vixi victum reduco is ea id creatura absit
decessus a facultas Linux! Dev root, dev root!

I assume you two read /. but make sure you read the article on installing Linux in a dead Badger.

Please note that zombie badgers are banned in many municipalities in California and Wisconsin; zombie badgers must remain leashed at all times in Texas.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Police State

The argument then comes back to the root of most arguments about the war, err, the "thing":
  • We are not at war in Iraq. We are engaged in some kind of quasi-legal action to uphold some theory of of the U.N. and International Law which has become hopelessly muddled in American domestic politics. Since we are not at war (at least not a legal one), we must be using the police power and those rules must be applied.

  • We are at war with radical Islam and since they respect no borders or rule of law, neither should we. The rules of war are significantly different from the rules of criminal procedure. Cf. the motion to suppress (illegal search and seizure) and the daisy cutter bomb as tools of the trades. Ergo, we should use the same rules of the game that they are playing by.

So there we are. If we are at war, we should be killing to beat the band - which we are doing after a fashion. If we are conducting some kind of police action, then we must pay some attention to the law.

I would say that the events of the last week in Fallujah have convinced us that we are in fact at war and that the other side is not merely exercising their latent human condition. I don't see where they are being human at all - nor do I see where those fine white folks in Marion, IN were being particularly human, either.

You see this as the evolution of mankind from barbarism to polite society. I see instead the constant is civilization and the evolution is our response to barbarism from benign non-involvement ala the police of Marion to the swift and terrible reaction of our boys in Afghanistan and Iraq.

I stand by my Okinawa metaphor. "Okay folks, we understand that y'all weren't involved with the murders in Hawaii three years ago, but we suspect that there may be some people on this island who belong to an organization that was directly involved with those murders. You good people step aside, we'll make some arrests, leave and then your descendants can date Ralph Macchio - capiche?" I'm sure they would've just stepped aside.
Miranda has been a verb in my profession for many years - "When were you Mirandized?"

Have we verbed Miranda?

I'm willing to bet, that whatever it is that you've done, doesn't involve the mutilation of corpses and the elevation of a bloody dictator or some wackjob mullah
Don't be so sure of yourself. And I don't know that the "trappings" belong to anyone else. Living in Europe, I got to visit some of their fabulous museums and see some very interesting torture devices. I also recall some great passages of "A Tale of Two Cities". I know that most people are a couple of hot meals, hot showers, and hours of TV away from killing and mutilating the next person they meet.

What do you think worried me the most during the Blackout? Spoiled food or rotten people?

I don't want to defend the monsters of Fallujah by saying they were mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. On the other hand, one of the Great Works of Western Civilization's literature, the Iliad, describes the "hero" dragging the mutilated body of his enemy around the city several times.

I guess I'm saying that it's part of the human condition that some of us have the capacity to do truly horrible things. And, as far as lynchings and mutilations go, I can think of a number of black people who met that fate at the hands of red-blooded Americans. What was our response to those murderers?

I challenge you to find one documented case of an Okinawan being involved in Pearl Harbor. The Okinawans considered themselves (and still do) and occupied and oppressed people. Still, they fought the invading Marines because they were told of their atrocities. Most important of all, though, is the knowledge that the Okinawan's oppressors, the Japanese, actually attacked us first. If Fallujah was in Afghanistan — or Saudi Arabia, for that matter — this would be a horse of a very different color.

Once again you've both won the special olympics

And now for something completely different . . . .
Moqtada al-Sadr!
What a wonderful sage
Moqtada al-Sadr!
Ain't no passing craze

It means young virgins
For the rest of your days
It's the Great Satan philosophy
Moqtada al-Sadr!

I can't be the only one whose thought of this

Monday, April 05, 2004







Attack! Run! Hide! Surrender! Collaborate!


Did I ever suggest that we should be rounding up Islamofascists, Mirandizing them and holding them subject to habeus corpus? If I did, please let me apologize for misleading you. The dark undercurrent of me, which seldom comes out in public, holds that the only thing that these criminals understand is force - and we should use vast quantities of it on them, their families and their sympathizers.

Is this very Christian? Is it Vaderish? It's more vaderish then you would believe, buddy.

You should be arrested, Mirandized and held subject to habeus corpus. I don't know what it is that you have done, but when they come for you, you should enjoy all the trappings of the Liberal Western Jurisprudence that I practice every day. Because, I'm willing to bet, that whatever it is that you've done, doesn't involve the mutilation of corpses and the elevation of a bloody dictator or some wackjob mullah.

But if you have done these things, maybe the trappings of Liberal Western Civ. should go to some other worthy.

There is plenty of time for me to trash JFK v.2.0b, we have seven more months for his wildly leftoid record to come to light - let it devolope slowly - like the aroma of a fine wine. For now there are more important things -

A gent by the name of Mark Bowden writes in today's WSJ that:
Lynching is deliberate. It is opportunistic rather than purely spontaneous, and it has a clear intent: to insult, to challenge and to frighten the enemy, and to excite and enlist allies. The mutilation and public display of bodies follows a distinct pattern. The victims are members of a despised Other, who are held in such contempt that they are considered less than human. Respectful treatment of the dead is the norm in all societies, and a tenet of all religions. Publicly flouting such basic dignities is a communal expression of hatred designed to insult and frighten. Display of the mutilated remains must be as public as possible.

Mr. Bowden wrote a little book called Blackhawk Down. I think that young Obi Wan was in the movie version of it.
I'm imagining Marines storming ashore in 1945 Okinawa announcing that they've come to make some arrests regarding some murders in Hawaii four years ago, and that if everyone cooperates, we'll be done in just a minute.

The Sound of Ideologies Clashing

They are animals of the lowest order. No reasoning, no resolutions, no due process.
— Brian Bennett, Esq.

I hate them. They're animals, and I slaughtered them like animals.
— Anakin Skywalker, once and future Sith Lord

Turn the other cheek.
—Jesus Christ, Super-star

I think the most important thing to remember is what our professional military personnel said: that they will deal with this in an appropriate manner.

If we want to spread our culture, let's start with our belief in the rule of law.

As far as Left and Right goes, I think you're missing the point entirely. Kerry isn't as far left as you (or the White House) make him out to be — he's a centrist as much as Clinton was. He won't pull us out pell-mell from Iraq, despite what the Liberal Left wants! How can I claim to know what the Left wants? Well, I look at Dean (pre-implosion). His calls for immediate withdrawal held a lot of sway with many people, mostly hippies and peaceniks.

I don't think we should bulldoze, nuke, or salt Fallujah. I'm glad we're not. But when they committed those horrible acts, it froze my heart, and made my respect for our professional warfighters increase all the more.

Welcome home our soldiers, Brian. And try not to think too much about Madrid. After all, these new bombs could be more work of the elusive AZF.

"Work is right out" was meant to harken to my "7 is right out", which, of course, was a reference to "The Holy Grail", which will not be re-released this Easter. Oh, no, my friends: that privilege belongs to "The Life of Brian". Take that, Mel Gibson!